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Gifted Education

The essence of giftedness is advanced development.

Learners who are gifted have the ability or potential to operate at levels beyond their age peers. This means gifted learners have learning needs that are different to those of their age peers. Learners may be gifted in many ways, however four key domains in which learners may be gifted are: intellectual, creative, social and physical.

Gifted learners, through a developmental process of learning and practice, may develop their gifts into measurable skills or talents. Each gifted learner is a unique individual with their own abilities, needs and personal context.

(Gagne, F (2010) ‘Motivation within the DMGT 2.0 Framework’ in High Ability Studies, v21i2, pp. 81 – 99 in Catholic Education Office (2011) Diocesan Model for Gifted Education, Wollongong)

We are currently identifying gifted learners through a range of collaboratively planned processes that include a variety of objective and subjective measures. These measures are inclusive of all learners and aim to identify a range of gifts and talents.

Developing the potential of the Gifted Learner requires planned individual intervention which may involve:

  • Differentiation within the classroom
  • Opportunities for growth outside the classroom
  • A variety of grouping strategies
  • Acceleration by subject or grade
  • Modified reporting procedures
  • Recent programs such as Strengthening Potential through Learning in Interactive Challenging Environments in the Diocese of Wollongong (SPLICED) has provided differentiated opportunities for some of our Gifted Learners.